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Tree Abuse Gallery: The Butchered and Disappearing Trees in the Town of Miami Lakes, FL

The Miami Lakes development by SENGRA (now named as The Graham Companies) started in the early 60's as a well-planned community with plenty of lakes, curving roads, parks and generous planting of shade trees, with deed restrictions designed to enhance property values. These deed restrictions required approval of modifications, including landscaping, in advance by an Architectural Control Committee. Consequently very little tree removal or obscene tree trimming was seen for the first 30 or so years. The original Miami Lakes community became part of the Town of Miami Lakes incorporation that also included the Graham-developed western Miami Lakes and non-Graham developments west and north of Miami Lakes such as the West Lake development and developments north of NW 154th Street west of the Palmetto Expressway. Since incorporation into the Town of Miami Lakes the number of trees being butchered and cut down has increased tremendously, and one can only wonder why the Town of Miami Lakes has not established their own tree protection ordinance since Miami-Dade County's ordinance has been weakened by the Board of County Commissioners. The town's Mayor and Council have spent their time and energies doing all kinds of other things but they have failed to protect one of the town's most valuable assets, our trees. With code compliance inspectors nailing people all over for minor code infractions you would think they would cite residents who destroy or damage the community's trees. A significant number of long-time Miami Lakes residents have moved out to Weston and other communities in Broward County, and further upstate and to other states, and they've been replaced by new residents who are destroying the aesthetic and environmental appeal of Miami Lakes. Our long-time and environmentally conscious residents deserve better and the Town of Miami Lakes elected and appointed officials need to get off their duffs and get their act together before the entire town looks defoliated like Hialeah to the south.
Large old Black Olive tree being cut down at 72 - - Miami Lakeway South, Town of Miami Lakes, FL
Large old Black Olive tree being cut down at 72 - - Miami Lakeway South, Town of Miami Lakes, FL
Live Oak Tree Abuse and Removal at McDonalds's on Miami Lakes Drive in the Town of Miami Lakes
Live Oak Tree Abuse and Removal at McDonalds's on Miami Lakes Drive in the Town of Miami Lakes
#1 of series - Tree butchers caught in action at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#1 of series - Tree butchers caught in action at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#2 of series - Seriously damaged Mahogany tree at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#2 of series - Seriously damaged Mahogany tree at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#3 of series - Large old dead Black Olive tree at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#3 of series - Large old dead Black Olive tree at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#4 of series - Seriously damaged Mahogany tree at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#4 of series - Seriously damaged Mahogany tree at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#5 of series - Large old dead Black Olive tree cut down at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
#5 of series - Large old dead Black Olive tree cut down at 14302 Marginada Court, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2922
Tree Abuse:  40-50 year old Live Oak trees butchered behind the Chevron Station on Miami Lakes Drive in Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Tree Abuse: 40-50 year old Live Oak trees butchered behind the Chevron Station on Miami Lakes Drive in Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Tree Abuse:  40-50 year old Live Oak tree butchered behind the Chevron Station on Miami Lakes Drive in Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Abuse: 40-50 year old Live Oak tree butchered behind the Chevron Station on Miami Lakes Drive in Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Abuse:  40-50 year old Live Oak tree butchered behind the Chevron Station on Miami Lakes Drive in Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Abuse: 40-50 year old Live Oak tree butchered behind the Chevron Station on Miami Lakes Drive in Miami Lakes, FL
Tree destruction:  public-owned large old Black Olive tree on public swale area destroyed at 7460 Twin Sabal Drive, Miami Lakes
Tree destruction: public-owned large old Black Olive tree on public swale area destroyed at 7460 Twin Sabal Drive, Miami Lakes
Tree Abuse:  severely mutilated large old Black Olive tree at 7361 Big Cypress Court, Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Abuse: severely mutilated large old Black Olive tree at 7361 Big Cypress Court, Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Elimination:  Giant old Live Oak tree removed at 7430 Twin Sabal Drive, Town of Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Elimination: Giant old Live Oak tree removed at 7430 Twin Sabal Drive, Town of Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Destruction:  dying taxpayer-owned Black Olive tree on public swale area at 7450 Twin Sabal Drive, Town of Miami Lakes, FL
Tree Destruction: dying taxpayer-owned Black Olive tree on public swale area at 7450 Twin Sabal Drive, Town of Miami Lakes, FL